NOT SINCE THE ACCIDENT
Interview by Bones
A little over two years ago I reviewed the debut offering by Cardiff
based punk upstarts NOT SINCE THE ACCIDENT. Since then things seemed
to have progressed nicely for the band, who are shortly to release
their follow up CD "Sinkholes". It therefore seemed an opportune
moment to catch up with lead singer RHYS WILTON concerning the progress
of the band, tours of the USA and Rhys' recent trip to A&E.
How's life treating you at the moment Rhys?
First of all I want to say cheers to you Bones for giving us this
opportunity to be interviewed for R*E*P*E*A*T. I'm sitting here writing
this with my leg elevated in a cast, a bit high on prescription drugs
and in some pain. (More about that later).
When we spoke last the band had just released your debut album
"Paved With Gold". It seemed well received and things appear
to have gone from strength to strength for the band. I know you've
undertaken support slots with such punk stalwarts as GBH, UK Subs
and The Members and been on a tour of east coast USA. What was that
like and any stories that you are able to share about your time over
So many good things have been happening for the band since we recorded
our first EP - Paved with Gold, including the East coast tour of America
we did with A Minor Revolution, which was just some of the best times
we've ever had as a band. We met some cool people, made some
great friends and played some cracking shows with some sick bands
like The Down and Outs, OC45, The Union Boys and so many others I'd
like to mention but the list would be too long!
We recently just had a few gigs with a friend of ours we met in America,
Jessie Mosher. He's a performance painter from New York who
put us on in the club he was running called Do You Wanna Dance in
Brooklyn. Jessie paints all the punk icons like the Ramones
and GG Allin, but he's kind of unique in that he paints when the bands
are playing and jumps around and really puts on a great performance.
The guy has so much talent and energy its unreal. So we
were stoked to jump on a couple of the UK dates of the European tour
he's doing. We also had time to shoot a video with him for our
song Cold Waves off the new album which will be released very soon.
(Follow us on Facebook to find out that sort of thing).
I believe you've had a slight change of line up with original your
bass player being replaced.
There's been a line-up change, our bass player and good friend Boris
is no longer playing with us. Fortunately we managed to
get a quick replacement, Iain who was in Steves old band The
Melophobes as our new bass slave.
I know that you've just finished in the studio recording your second
album. How did things go and can we expect any radical change of sound
on the new tracks?
At the moment we've been gigging a lot and have just
finished recording our new album "Sinkholes". We had
loads of fun writing the new stuff for the album. Its seems
to have a darker edge than Paved with Gold our last EP. It's still
got the same energy and style well stamped all over it though so we
haven't changed our sound or anything like that.
When do you envisage the CD being out and will there
be any gigs/tour to support it?
We havent got a release date yet, we are still
waiting to finalise artwork and a few other things. Hopefully
this ones gonna be put out on CD and vinyl. We will be
releasing a date and venue for our release show, which, if its
anything like the Paved with Gold release show, its gonna go off,
so dont miss it!
The band have got some gigs lined up this summer too;
we are playing Slugfest and Surplus Fest again this year which we
are really looking forward too. And we got The Hook Up chopper
show in August which looks like its gonna be a lot of fun
So what's the story behind the broken leg?
Our last gig was at the Red Sun Festival in the Cardiff's Moon Club
a couple of weeks ago. The festival was a great success featuring
only 'heavy bands' in 3 venues in Cardiff. We played on the
Sunday and during the last song I got picked up by the crowd and was
doing a bit of crowd surfing. Everything was going fine, then
I came down, I landed on my feet but unfortunately quite badly!
I broke my ankle in two places, I broke my shin, dislocated my ankle
and snapped the ligament. They said in the hospital I couldnt
have done it any worse than that. Anyway I sat my ass on the
stage and finished the song! I've had surgery and gonna be out
of action for a couple of months so we've had to cancel some gigs,
but hopefully I'll make a quick recovery and we'll be back for Slug
Ouch! Here's hoping that all goes smoothly in the future with the
new release and up coming festivals Rhys, and break a leg. Oh, I forgot
you already have!